My class in Seattle is still a month away. I have purchased all the supplies needed and spent the morning figuring out the best way to pack them for the trip. I guess you could say I want to be prepared and ready to go. I have already looked online to see that other artists say not to bring Gamsol or linseed oil on planes since it will most likely get confiscated. I emailed the instructor this morning to see if those items can be purchased at the Academy before class starts.

My biggest fear is the paints. I have read that two trigger words for the TSA are “oil” and “paint”. So I am supposed to refer to my paints as “Artist Colors”. I have printed out health data sheets on the paints just in case, and I have a printout of the class itinerary and supply list. I would be devastated if I was checking my bag for this awesome life event and they took away my paints.

Next I’m going to see if I can fit a week’s worth of clothes in the same suitcase (I doubt I can).

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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